The American Medical Association (AMA) has declared obesity a disease, stirring up awareness and motivation for people to make changes in their lives. This development addresses a pressing issue in more than one-third of Americans and 17% of children. The stakes are high for these folks, and measures must be taken to enhance the lives of people and especially children in order for that 17% of children to change the course of the inevitable and have the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives.
78 million adults are classified as obese, defining obesity as one of the leaders in diseases across America. Many diseases can be treated or even cured by consuming some medications– obesity is a different story. The existing two medications for obesity have been taken with much hesitation and resistance due to harmful side effects. There is a lack of “easy fixing” when it comes to obesity; it calls for a holistic, lifestyle change in all of those effected.
The AMA is the largest physician’s group in the nation and this declaration has the potential to push physicians across the nation to talk to patients about the improvement of their overall health. Though there are no clear guidelines to what defines a disease, obesity fits the mold of what is known thus far.
This is a promising disclosure about the future of Americans taking accountability for the obesity epidemic ailing so many.
For more information, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/19/business/ama-recognizes-obesity-as-a-disease.html?_r=0
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